Editor-in-Chief of The Florentine, Helen writes about food, wine and all things literary. Helen manages The Florentine's translation and copywriting department. She is also a freelance contributor to Decanter, Newsweek and Der Feinschmecker. Email her at email@example.com and follow her on Instagram @helencfarrell.
Feeling peckish after a wander through Florence’s calmest and perhaps prettiest downtown district? Try these hotspots. I’ Pizzacchiere (via San Miniato, 2) Alfredo and Natascia serve up inexpensive and intriguing pizzas in this seven-table space. Plumb for the cheese feast “Tigre Bianca” or “Calzone Ponte Vecchio” (ham, sausage and onion). Website Enoteca Fuori […]
If you’ve ever eaten in San Niccolò, likely it was a hearty Florentine affair among amici at the Osteria Antica Mescita. On the table a fiasco flowing with rough-around-the-edges red wine, the sort that makes Florence living tantalize like the Holy Grail. Mescita is a Tuscan word with an etymology worth wandering into. In its […]
Sanniccolini proudly take their children there for play dates. Giardino della Carraia is a breath of fresh air extending up the hill from Porta San Miniato. The name comes from the fact that it was once a carriage track that led as far as Ponte a Ema. Up until the 1970s it was known as […]
Autumn 2017 at the Uffizi means a new exhibition in the Sala del Camino. Titled “Drawings by Luca Giordano and Taddeo Mazzi for two important monastic complexes”, the show impresses upon visitors just how closely bound Florence’s foremost art gallery is to its surroundings. Luca Giordano, Sant’Andrea Corsini presented by the Virgin Mary is welcomed […]
You’d be forgiven for never having heard of Capalbio. Until now, that is. 45 kilometres southeast of Grosseto and just 10 minutes from the Lazio border, earliest records of this picturesque Tuscan border town date to 805 CE when it was donated to the Tre Fontane Abbey, near Rome, by Charlemagne. History aside, the town […]
BY THE ARNO Ph. Helen Farrell Executive Chef Andrea Quagliarella prepares quietly impressive dishes at five-star Villa La Massa’s riverside hotel restaurant. Open to non-guests, arrive before dinner for a creative cocktail made using Santa Maria Novella pharmacy elixirs, segued by niche and well-informed wine waitering over the candlelit cuisine. Ristorante Il Verrocchio at […]